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Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Dentistry
Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to, the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.
Occupational Hazards in Long Term Care: Nursing Home eTool
The nursing home industry injury incident rate is 13.9 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers. This is more than double the incident rate of 6.1 of industry as a whole. This *eCAT addresses common hazards and controls found in this industry.
Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare
OSHA has compiled a suite of resources to help you build and implement a comprehensive workplace violence program in your healthcare facility.
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Waste Anesthetic Gases
The anesthetic gas and vapors that leak out and into the surrounding room during medical procedures are considered waste anesthetic gases. At any given time more than 250,000 people might be exposed unnecessarily to harmful levels of waste anesthetic gases...
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Laser/Electrosurgery Plume
During surgical procedures that use a laser or electrosurgical unit, the thermal destruction of tissue creates a smoke byproduct. An estimated 500,000 workers are exposed to laser or electrosurgical smoke each year, including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgical technologists...
OSHA Hospital e-Tool: Healthcare Wide Hazards Gluteraldehyde
Glutaraldehyde is a toxic chemical that is used as a cold sterilant to disinfect and clean heat-sensitive medical, surgical and dental equipment.
OSHA HealthCare Wide Hazards Module – Tuberculosis
This OSHA eTools is a "stand-alone", interactive, addressing tuberculosis hazards in hospitals.
NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Health Care Workers
Health care is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 12 million workers. Women represent nearly 80% of the health care work force